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Graduate testimonial: Neal Lines, ’09

Degree completed:

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with minors in business administration and mathematics, Columbia College Day Campus.  

Extracurricular activities at Columbia College:

Community consultant and community consultant trainer; member, Emerging Leaders Institute; member, Collegiate Leadership Columbia; member, Partners in Education; member, Jane Froman Singers; participant, intramural sports.

Employer name:

MidwayUSA, Columbia, Mo.

Internship and position title:

I started at MidwayUSA as an application development intern. After graduation, I was hired as a fulltime application developer. In January 2011, I was promoted to my current position of application development manager. MidwayUSA is a retailer of hunting and outdoor products based in Missouri.

What do you do in that position?

As an application development manager, I lead a team of three individuals in the research, design, implementation and maintenance of internal applications and services utilized by our merchandising department. I also help ensure that our systems meet the requirements of our enterprise architecture through incorporating approved designs and technology in my team’s daily processes.

How is that experience?

I am proud to work for an organization whose vision is to be the “best-run business in America.” MidwayUSA is a family-owned business that treats employees like family. As an outdoorsman the organization’s support of the NRA, the Second Amendment and other key communities is in alignment with my beliefs. The friendly, helpful and courteous environment makes MidwayUSA a great place to work!

What have you learned?

MidwayUSA desires continuous improvement, which drives innovation and organizational and personal learning. While with the organization, my business knowledge, technical knowledge and leadership skills have continued to develop. Columbia College and MidwayUSA have been major players in my personal development.

What Grossnickle Career Services Center resources did you utilize?

While attending Columbia College, I utilized the career fairs. In fact, the career fair was where I was first introduced to MidwayUSA.

What would you tell other students about your experience with the Grossnickle Career Services Center?

The Grossnickle Career Services Center is a resource that all students should take advantage of. The networking and connections established through the career center will help prepare students for the rest of their careers.



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